To become a certified member of a joint health and safety committee (JHSC) in Ontario, you must complete Part 1 and Part 2 of Ontario’s JHSC Certification Training Program. This guide explains the steps on how to get JHSC certification Part 1 in Ontario.
Step 1: Find an Approved Training Provider
Under the new Joint Health and safety Committee Certification Standards (which came into force March 1, 2016), only companies that have received government approval can offer Part 1 certification training. This is to ensure a high quality and consistent delivery of approved training programs.
Fortunately, the Ontario Ministry of Labour maintains a current list of JHSC training providers on its website. These companies are approved by the government.
You can do a quick search for the name of your city or town on this list by holding down the Ctrl key and pressing then F. Type the name into the search box that appears. Hopefully, there is one near your home or workplace.
Note that not all companies that provide Part 1 training can also offer Part 1 training, so be sure you are looking at the correct section on this page.
Step 2: Schedule a Training Session with An Approved Provider
Once you have found a provider in your area, schedule a training session at your desired time.
Under the new law, you may complete a maximum of 6.5 hours of Part 1 training via eLearning. The remainder must be taught face-to-face. In most cases, you will need to set aside three days to complete the training, since it requires at least 13 hours of class time.
The provider many schedule its training sessions on three days in a row or three days over the course of a month; if the provider nearest to you cannot accommodate your schedule, it may be best to look for a larger provider in another area.
Depending on the size of the training provider, it may run courses once a month or several times a month. Some providers will also provide on-demand training for people who urgently require it.
Step 3: Attend JHSC Part 1 Training
Part 1 training consists of 19.5 hours of instruction, usually over the course of three days. The course will cover:
- The law in Ontario pertaining to occupational health and safety
- Hazard recognition
- How to assess and control hazards
- Evaluation of hazard controls
Alternative: How to Get JHSC Certification Part 1 At Work
Under the new JHSC Certification Training Provider Standard, an employer may apply to become an approved training provider for their employees.
If your employer is an approved provider, you may receive training at work.
However, you must still receive 19.5 hours of instruction, including at least 13 hours of face-to-face instruction.